The total number of coronavirus positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) breached the 100 mark on Sunday, recording a jump of 54 patients in the last five days. From 52 reported cases by the end of March, J&K reached a cumulative tally of 106 cases on April 5, officials said.
“The total number of positive cases in J&K [is] now 106,” Principal Secretary Planning, Information, and Government Spokesperson, Rohit Kansal tweeted.
The Kashmir Valley had reported its first case on March 18 when a 67-year-old woman from Khaniyar Srinagar tested positive for coronavirus, two days after her arrival from Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah.
Nine days earlier, a 63-year-old woman with travel history to Iran tested positive for coronavirus in Jammu, making her the first confirmed case in the state.
As per officials, out of these 106 Covid-19-affected people, 86 are in Kashmir and 21 in Jammu. However, four of them have been discharged — three from Jammu and one (first coronavirus patient) from Kashmir while two others died, leaving active cases at 100 — 82 in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu.
Twelve fresh cases were reported on Sunday including five from Baramulla district, two from Budgam and an elderly couple from Shopian besides one each from Ganderbal, Bandipora and Srinagar districts.
Regarding cases reported in Baramulla, official sources told India Today TV they include a 38-year-old woman and her three daughters — 8-year-old, 14-year-old and 12-year-old. The other includes a minor girl. All the persons are presently admitted to GMC Baramulla.
Regarding the two persons from Shopian, sources said the 68-year-old man from Memander and his 65-year-old wife from Palpora arrived in the state from Saudi Arabia on March 16 after performing Umrah and were in the same flight as was boarded by the Kashmir’s first Covid-19 patient who has since recovered.
Budgam cases, sources said, are a 24-year-old and a 14-year-old cousin of a youth from Pakherpora who tested positive for the virus on March 31.
The fresh case from Srinagar includes a 21-year-old teenager from Jawahar Nagar who had arrived from Indonesia and was in quarantine at a government facility in Zakura, sources said.
The Bandipora case is a man who is a resident of Gurez but puts up in Pathkote area in north Kashmir district. He had arrived from Bhopal and was part of Tablighi Jamaat. The case from Ganderbal district pertains to a 60-year-old from Guzhama Wakoora.
Meanwhile, the government said 33,503 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance so far.
As per the daily bulletin on novel coronavirus, 1,551 samples have been sent for testing, of which 1,429 tested negative. 106 people have tested positive and of them, 100 are the active case.